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Dewey - By Vicki Myron

April 13, 2010 | Comments: 0 | Views: 82

A book about a cat in a library? How interesting a story can that be? The answer is - VERY interesting! Dewey is a great book - the biography of a real cat in a real library, Spencer Public Library, Spencer, Iowa, USA. I read the jacket, and knew I was in for a treat!

A ginger kitten, found in the library book return chute, on the coldest Iowa morning ever. With frost bitten paws, but still trusting, loving. It seems no matter what the animal or what it has had to endure at the hands of a cruel human, they know when they are in good hands - they have a 6th sense about these things.

Well Dewey Readmore Books - as he was christened by the townsfolk - although full of mischief, like any kitten, felt the love from the humans he had been dumped on, and he returned it 10 fold! He lived happily in the Spencer Public Library for 19 years. First becoming a town celebrity, revered by the townsfolk, and then becoming an international celebrity. People travelled from all over the world to meet him. Travelling 100's, even 1000's of miles, sending Christmas and birthday cards. Amazing the effect he had not just on the town, but on the world.

I knew this book would be sad, and in some places it really is. But also funny and, dare I say it about a book, "cute". It is a touching and entertaining tale, sensitively written by Myron - the lady who found Dewey on that fateful January morning. Vicki loved Dewey, as if he were her own, and although he belonged to the town, in his heart he was hers.

This book made me laugh, it made me cry, it even made me relate it to my own cats! The ending - I wont spoil it - touched me to the core. Dewey loved everyone he came into contact with, and shared something special, and something of himself with every single one of them. He knew who needed his comfort, having that 6th sense, not just to know when he was in the right hands but also to know when his special comforting nature was needed by those around him. He forged hundreds of deep and loving friendships with the unlikeliest of people and many of those are described in the pages of the book.

For a cat to have had such an effect on so many people's lives, truly shows how special Dewey was. This book also highlights the beauty of owning pets and the rewards one can get from it. A special book, it truly is worth the price and the time invested in reading it. Buy it now its purr-fectly enchanting!

With hope for a better future

Dale Preece-Kelly

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